For this book, we were given the challenge of picking a podcast and translating part or all of its transcript into a book. I chose the podcast “Middle School” by This American Life, which I felt really captured some of the fun awkwardness of middle school, but also described some of the more serious and difficult challenges that it can present to people.
I wanted to focus on this more somber feeling and show it in the book, and to do that I used a collection of images I’d taken for a project in high school of my home town with disposable cameras. I felt that this would lend a more authentic sense of nostalgia to the book, and also let me use this collection of images in a new project. I also felt that this book was an opportunity to focus on really elegant type, and the challenge of displaying dialogue in a clear and beautiful way.
I chose a very simple soft cover binding to go with the simple, muted feeling of the book as a whole.
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